Call for projects in partnership with Grand Théâtre de Québec
Creation of original digital works for presentation at The Studio Telus du Grand Théâtre de Québec.
Please note that the submission period for this program is over. The documentation is provided for information purposes.
The Conseil will not be accepting applications by mail until further notice.
Mon Dossier CALQThis link will open in a new window is the favoured channel for transmitting an application and for finding out the status of your file.
The project start date cannot be earlier than the date the application is filed.
For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this table (639 KB) takes precedence over this program's text.
IMPORTANT: This program is not available through Mon Dossier CALQ. You must complete the grant application form available on the "Presentation of the application" section and mail it to the Council or drop it off at one of its offices. You cannot send your grant application by email.
Before submitting an application, artists are advised to read the program over carefully. If you have any questions after reading the program or if there is anything else you would like to clarify, please email or phone the program manager. The manager can also provide information and advice on how to present your project and what to include in your application.
The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) is proud to partner with Grand Théâtre de Québec (GTQ) in order to enable the realization of original digital works for presentation at The Studio Telus du Grand théâtre de Québec during fall 2023.
The Call for projects to create original digital works aims to:
- Support and stimulate the creation of digital works.
- Offer artists an inspiring platform for engagement.
- Contribute to the visibility and dissemination of original digital works.
Professional artists in architecture, digital arts, film and video and visual arts at least two years of professional artistic practice in Québec or abroad are eligible to apply.
The number of years of professional artistic practice is determined taking into account the applicant’s overall career and includes the number of years of practice in another discipline.
To be eligible, the applicant must satisfy the General criteria and conditions for this program.
- The CALQ will contribute a maximum of $15,000 per project. The support is provided, upon evaluation and acceptance of the grant application, in the form of a one-time, non-recurring grant.
- Grand Théâtre de Québec (GTQ), which is commissioning the work, will be granting the bursary winners up to $15,000 per project.
Financial support is available for artists with disabilities with a view to ensuring access to CALQ's services. Please complete the relevant section of your official form if you would like to submit an application.
To be eligible, the applicant must:
- In visual arts and digital arts : have presented a body or a series of works publicly, in venues and/or a context recognized by his peers. These works must have been produced independently of his training or subsequent to it.
- In film and video: have participated as a production designer, director or screenwriter in at least one independent production.
- In architectural research : have disseminated at least one work publicly, in a location and/or a context recognized by his peers. This work must have been produced independently of his training or subsequent to it.
If an applicant submits a project in a discipline other than the one in which he normally pursues his career, his project must satisfy the eligibility criteria for the new discipline in which he is applying for a grant.
The digital arts are defined as an array of explorations and artistic practices whose processes and works rely mainly on the digital technologies for creation and dissemination. The digital arts incorporate practices involving the use of communications and information technologies, including computer, electronic, digital, sound, interactive and Web technologies, and also include the audio arts.
The discipline of film and video art includes independent productions of fiction and documentary, experimental works and video installations.
Independent production in film and video implies that the creator has full control of the content and production of the work and all other aspects of production and presentation. He holds all reproduction and public exhibition rights for his work and can, by granting a license, extend such rights to a producer or an independent distributor.
The visual arts encompass painting, sculpture, engraving, photography, drawing, illustration, mixed techniques, installations, comic strips, performance, textile arts or any other form of related expression.
Architectural research includes practices, discourse and works intended to renew artistic language in the realms of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and environmental design.
Artists must have at least two years of professional artistic practice in Québec or elsewhere.
The number of years of professional artistic practice is determined taking into account the applicant's overall career and includes the number of years of practice in another discipline.
The CALQ considers professional artists those who:
- Declare themselves to be professional artists;
- Produce works or practice an art on their own behalf or offer services for payment, as creators or performers, in disciplines within the CALQ’s jurisdiction;
- Have been recognized by their peers;
- Publicly present or perform works at sites or in a context recognized by their peers.
The applicant must be a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant as contemplated in section 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. In both instances they must normally reside in Québec and have resided there for at least the preceding 12 months.
Applicants who have resided outside Québec for two or more years are considered ineligible for the Conseil's programs, unless they have maintained their status as a Québec resident.
In this instance, it is the applicant's responsibility to demonstrate his eligibility by submitting proof of participation in Québec's health insurance plan, as administered by the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec.
These rules govern all CALQ grant programs.
You can submit up to five separate applications and receive a maximum of five grants per CALQ fiscal year, from April 1st to March 31st. All applications submitted, including those deemed ineligible, are counted in the annual maximum.
Applications with a fixed date:
The fiscal year a grant application falls under is indicated under the application date for each program in the ''Presentation of the application'' section.
Apply any time:
Travel, Circulation of Works Within Québec, Circulation of Works Outside Québec:
Applications submitted between March 1st and 31st inclusively are counted for the following fiscal year.
Applications received between February 24 and March 31st inclusively will be recorded in the following fiscal year.
You may not have more than three projects being considered, supported or under way at the same time.
If you have received financial support from one of the CALQ’s grant programs, you must produce a Grant Use Report within three months after the completion of the project. To be eligible to submit a new application, you must have submitted Grant Use Reports for all projects that have reached their end, and these reports must be approved by the CALQ. The official end date for the project is the date you set when applying.
Failure to meet deadlines for the submission of projects will render your application ineligible.
- Projects carried out under the supervision of an educational program are ineligible.
- A project that has already been rejected by the Conseil is ineligible for this program.
- A group legally constituted as a not-for-profit or profit-making company or general partnership is ineligible for this program.
- Incomplete applications.
- Candidate's remuneration.
- Research expenses.
- Fees for participant artists (excluding the artist applicant).
- Professional fees for specialists and technicians.
- Installation charges for the artwork, lighting, etc.
- Production expenses such as workshop rental, expenditures for materials, equipment rental, and expenses arising from service contracts, additional equipment for presenting the work not included in The Studio Telus specifications, and other expenses.
- Promotion expenses.
- Living expenses (hotel and meals) to a maximum of $125 per day in Canada and $200 per day outside Canada for up to 15 days. Le Grand Théâtre will cover living expenses for the opening according to the rates set out in the GTQ’s internal policy.
- Ground and air transportation expenses.
- Travel-related expenses such as vaccinations, visas, insurance, etc.
The recipient must have civil liability insurance in the amount of $2 million to cover the installation and presentation period for the work.
The purchase of specialized equipment is eligible solely with regard to equipment required to carry out the project that cannot be rented or whose purchase price is lower than the rental price. Supporting documents must be submitted.
- The project has to be completed by the end of August 2023.
- The selected project will be installed at the GTQ during fall 2023. An agreement will be established between the artist and the GTQ and will specify the terms for the work, including the schedule, provisions for physical and intellectual property, exhibition and usage rights, and civil liability and insurance clauses.
- The artist is invited to take into account the specificities described in the attached technical specifications (644 KB) and documentation (14 MB) when designing his project.
- In addition to the attached documentation, the artist can also consult a “Modélisation de l’espace en version SketchUp (42 MB) ” (space modeling in SketchUp) document.
The GTQ will provide the artist the equipment and support required to put the artwork in place according to the technical specifications.
- Artistic quality of the project
- Relevance of the project with respect to the dissemination context
- Feasibility of the project
Applications are evaluated by a selection committee whose members are recognized for their expertise in their field and who are familiar with the arts milieu in their discipline.
During the committee’s selection process, the members make recommendations to the Conseil’s board of directors for ratification. Decisions are final and are not subject to appeal.
Three months after the announcement of the results, the Conseil makes available the names of the members of a selection committee.
Board members, employees and members of juries and committees of the CALQ are subject toCodes of ethics and professional conduct This link will open in a new window. All must act in good faith in performing their duties and refrain from taking part in any discussion concerning a grant application that risks creating a conflict of interest. Confidential or privileged information transmitted to them may not be used for personal reasons.
The Conseil will informs the applicant of its decision approximately three months after the application deadline or submission date.
An applicant registered for Mon Dossier CALQ will receive an email inviting him to consult his online file to find out the result.
If the application is successful, along with the announcement letter the applicant will receive a document describing the terms and conditions governing the use of the grant.
If the application is unsuccessful and the applicant is not registered for Mon Dossier CALQ, the Conseil will communicate its decision in writing.
After receiving the results, the applicant may request the jury's or the evaluator's general rankings of the project for each evaluation criterion.
The CALQ wishes to reiterate that its decisions are final and without appeal. No form of verbal abuse, harassment or intimidation towards its team after a decision is rendered, nor at any point in the application process, is tolerated.
Application Deadline: April 19, 2022
An application filed for this program will be treated in the 2022-2023 fiscal year.
If the registration deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, it moves to the next business day.
Incomplete applications and those submitted after the application deadline are not accepted.
The Conseil sends an email acknowledgement of receipt. Applicants registered for Mon Dossier CALQ can track the progress of their grant application file’s processing directly in their online file.
The required file contents are detailed on the application form. Letters of recommendation are not submitted to the jury.
Subject to the provisions of the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information, the Conseil respects the confidentiality of the documents and information in its possession and of those sent to it.
The Conseil will not be accepting applications by mail until further notice. Mon Dossier CALQ This link will open in a new window is the favoured channel for transmitting an application.
If this transmission mode is not available for the present programme or if you cannot use it, exceptionally, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Conseil will receive the application file by WeTransfer. Instructions for sending are provided on the Application form – Proposal description.
- The Conseil determines the amounts awarded taking into consideration the funds available, budgets submitted and eligible expenses.
- The grant will be disbursed in the month following the announcement. However, to proceed with a payment, the Conseil must be informed of the grant recipient's social insurance number. In accordance with tax legislation, a grant recipient is bound to declare the amount of the grant awarded. The Conseil issues a tax slip to each grant recipient and submits the list of grant recipients to the ministère du Revenu.
- For the studio and studio-apartment residency program, the grant will be disbursed two months prior to the beginning of the residency.
- For the studio and studio-apartment residency program, the artist selected undertakes to comply with the applicable conditions and rules, whether communicated by the host organization or the institution overseeing the residency or posted on their website, as the case may be.
For further information…
- The Conseil cannot support the same project more than once. Moreover, the Conseil may not award a grant in respect of the same expenses related to a project already supported under another program of the Conseil or any other organization whatsoever.
- By cashing a grant cheque, the artist enters into a commitment to carry out the project planned and comply with the conditions governing the use of the grant.
- The grant recipient has three years from the application registration date to complete the project supported. The end of this period is the project expiry date. Should the artist fail to comply with this condition, the Conseil may demand repayment of the amount disbursed. Moreover, should the artist die or be disabled prior to completion of the anticipated activity, the Conseil may demand repayment of the grant prorated to the state of advancement of the activity.
The grant recipient undertakes to submit a detailed report on the use of the grant or the results of the research and a summary of expenses incurred, using the Report on the use of the grant This link will open in a new window form provided by the Conseil.
This report must be submitted within three months after the end of a project. To be eligible to submit a new application, a grant recipient must have submitted the reports on the use of grants for all projects that have reached their end date, and these reports must be approved by the Conseil. The official project end date is determined by the candidate upon registration.
Standards governing visibility
- When the project results in public activities such as exhibitions or publications, the Conseil's logo or a mention of its contribution must appear on any documentation, promotion or advertising materials.
- The grant recipient must comply with Standards governing the use of the Conseil's logo This link will open in a new window.
Failure to comply with any of the foregoing conditions may jeopardize an artist's eligibility to submit a subsequent application.
- Frequently Asked Questions This link will open in a new window
- Code of ethics and professional conduct governing jury and committee members and assessors hired by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (65 KB)
- Glossary This link will open in a new window
- Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information This link will open in a new window
- Immigration and Refugee Protection Act This link will open in a new window
- Act respecting the professional status and conditions of engagement of performing, recording and film artists This link will open in a new window
- Act respecting the professional status of artists in the visual arts, arts and crafts and literature, and their contracts with promoters This link will open in a new window
- Policy governing juries, committees and assessors (365 KB)
The masculine form used in this document is understood to designate men and women equally.